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The Long, Weird History of Photo Manipulation

While "to Photoshop" is now synonymous with altering a photograph with intent to deceive, this not only pre-dates our digital era but can be traced back to the early years of photography itself. Having a product become closely associated with dubious practices might be seen as a negative thing but Adobe would seem to have adopted Mae West's famous adage, who once said: "Honey, there ain't no such thing as bad publicity." At least, that's one interpretation of its sponsoring role in a current exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Jony Ive to take on software besides hardware at Apple

Apple's Press Release: CUPERTINO, California—October 29, 2012

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.

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Adobe Highlights Painful Marketing Buzzwords

Still think of Adobe as just the developer of Creative Suite? If so, you're missing its increasing emphasis on tying those tools to a data-driven marketing solution. Kevin Lynch spelled out this shift in a recent post: "We are moving to the cloud with our software, and are in fact building two at the same time. One is a re-imagining of our software for creativity, and the second is creating a new place for marketers to do their work. Part of the magic of these two clouds is how we can connect them, as creative work is an integral part of marketing, and as insights from marketing can drive new creative work. There is no good solution in the world today for this, and we’re very excited to be bringing these worlds together."

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What to buy: Apple iPad mini or Google Nexus 7?

Apple sold 100,000,000 iPad in 30 month since the first iPad was launched in the spring of 2010. Since then they released 4 generations of iPads and now the iPad mini is also available. This is a great little device for those who need an ultra-portable device. See the pictures of iPad mini and a comparison chart the competing Android tablet the Nexus 7.

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Apple Special Event, Oct 23, 2012

Watch a live video stream of the special event online or via #Apple TV starting at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

There are many speculations about what we can expect. A smaller iPad is a sure bet. Other ideas, like Apple TV, new iMacs, new iTunes features and content, iWatch, etc. are all on the table.

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Typecast Nails Web Font Workflow

Thanks to advances in browser support and growing libraries of quality typefaces, the use of web fonts is seeing exponential adoption. But what has been missing is a workflow that reflects the way designers actually work, providing them with the flexibility to test using thousands of fonts throughout a layout, not just on a small sample of type, and explore the use of such things as OpenType variations and paragraph indentation. And why not be able to automatically generate HTML and CSS from such tests to pass on to devs, as well as easily share your prototype designs and even generate a style guide for clients and partners? Typecast, now in beta, would seem to be able to do all this and more, reminding me how far the use of type on the web has come in just a few years.

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The Simplicity of Brands

We've been hearing a lot lately about the relative value of global brands, with Apple easily taking the top spot in recent rankings. But when looked at from the perspective of simplicity, apparently Apple comes up short, beaten out by Amazon and even, gasp, Dunkin' Donuts. This conclusion is from Siegel+Gale's third annual Global Brand Simplicity Index (PDF), which claims to "demonstrate consumers’ demand for simpler communications and experiences across industries and around the globe."

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Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

Beatles fans will immediately recognize this as one of the tracks from the groups's 1967 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Apparently John Lennon purchased a 19th century poster in an antique shop and from that drew many of the lyrics of the song. So then why not a limited-edition reconstruction of this now-lost poster? You can purchase prints from the kiteprint.com site or simply enjoy the making-of clip, which reveals an almost fanatical devotion to historical process. The poster is shown below.

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360 Panorama Updated for Realtime Panorama Creation

There's just something compelling about panoramic images. And while there's certainly no shortage of tools to create these, newcomers are always welcome that manage to combine simplicity and image quality with a low price point. Enter Occipital's 360 Panorama for iOS and Android. This dumbs things down nicely by simply requiring the user to tap the screen and pan, with the app creating a panorama in real time. Once complete you can save or share it, with viewing possible as a photo or an immersive experience. Fun stuff.

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